Complaint Filed with DEP over Controversial Camden Recycling Center


For years, neighbors of a recycling plant and scrap metal yard in South Camden have complained about repeated fires at the facilities that have pumped noxious black smoke into that part of the city, causing explosions that could be heard downtown and in some cases forced evacuations.

A Camden-based environmental nonprofit is now questioning whether the company is in fact a recycling center as it maintains threats to sue the city and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection for not protecting residents’ health. The Center for Environmental Transformation has filed a complaint with the DEP, accusing EMR of being dishonest about what their facilities actually do. EMR maintain they are a recycling center and that they do not accept solid waste, which would subject them to more regulations.

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